Have you ever wanted to remodel or build something? If so, then I bet you thought about where to begin. Whether building a deck, replacing a light fixture or building a house, we usually start with some kind of plan or instruction and an idea of where to begin.
I remember when my dad was building houses. He would start with a vacant lot. He’d get all the plans drawn and permits approved. Then he’d measure and mark the locations of various things. Dirt work followed to dig for the foundation or basement. Then the concrete crew would form and pour, followed by the framing crew that started building the lumber structure. Plumbers, electricians, dry-wall crews, finish carpenters, the tile man and the painter followed. Finally, the yard was seeded and everything was cleaned and polished. But all this started with a vacant lot.
Jesus said in Matthew 5:9, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” (NIV) I’m sure you want to be a peacemaker, right? But where do you begin? What is the first step?
Philippians 2:14-15 gives us an idea. It says, “Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, ‘children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.’” (NIV) If you want to be a peacemaker, you can’t be arguing yourself! You can’t be grumbling! It starts by treating other in a way no one can fault. Help make some peace today!
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